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Ondo government pledges neutrality in choosing traditional rulers

The Ondo government has reiterated its commitment to being neutral in selecting traditional state rulers and allowing kingmakers to exercise their powers.

• May 15, 2024
Iralepo-in-council in Akure
Iralepo-in-council in Akure

The Ondo government has reiterated its commitment to being neutral in selecting traditional state rulers and allowing kingmakers to exercise their powers.

The government also promised to always stand for the truth and maintain its integrity in resolving issues relating to traditional rulers in line with the culture and traditions of each community.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Amidu Takuro, stated this Wednesday while addressing the Iralepo-in-council in Akure.

The Iralepo of Isinkan, Oba Owagbemiga Ojo, led the Iralepo in Council on a peaceful protest over the alleged planned installation of Olus at Aponmu and Onipetesi by the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi.

Mr Takuro promised that all issues related to traditional rulers in the state would be resolved amicably without taking sides. He commended the Iralepo-in-council for choosing to toe the path of peace rather than violence.

He added that the government had great faith in the traditional institution as a vehicle for promoting peace, harmony and unity among the people.

According to him, mobilising people for positive development can best be achieved through traditional rulers; hence, the government will not undermine any traditional ruler in the state.

The commissioner commended traditional rulers in the state for living up to expectations, helping to maintain peace, and giving good advice to the government.

Earlier, Mr Ojo said Aponmu and Onipetesi were under the Isinkan, and the Isinkan people would resist any expansionist tendency aimed at taking over their lands.

The traditional ruler appealed to the government to meditate as a matter of urgency to prevent violence and breach of peace. 


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